By Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara, Guru-eFX
If you’re like me and have been reading X-Force since issue 1, you’re probably annoyed with Kid Omega dying every two seconds. I understand the resurrection protocols, so it’s not permanent, but it has become a dumb crutch almost. It got to the point where it was just expected that he was going to die every issue, and to be honest, it ruined the book a little. Finally, with issue 17 we get some insight into why these deaths continued to happen and what they meant.
Benjamin Percy starts us off this issue by reminding us of some of the many deaths that Kid Omega had. It’s been a lot of deaths for such a young mutant. With the help Phoebe Cuckoo Quentin may finally get to the bottom of why he is constantly dying. Percy writes the dynamic between Phoebe and Quentin very well. They play off of each other with ease and allow the story to flow. There is a visit to Jumbo Carnation that produces a costume montage. This is a fun page with interesting outfits. Ultimately, Percy gives us a new outfit for Kid Omega that is fitting (no lame pun intended). The reason for all the deaths is satisfying enough, and Percy has Phoebe dive a little deeper into who Quentin Quire is as a person. Percy produces another fine issue of X-Force with a good character study into why Quentin Quire is the way he is.
The pencils this issue are handled by Joshua Cassara with colors by GURU-eFX. I’ll just say this right out of the gate, the art this issue is amazing. Cassara is hands down one of the future superstars in the industry. His pencils are just so smooth and clean, and to team him up with GURU-eFX with vibrant colors is just a perfect match. Let’s take the costume montage page to show the little things Cassara does. Every panel has Quentin in a different outfit, but to not make it boring, Cassara changes Quire’s body and head so it’s not the same panel over and over. There is also a full page spread inside the mind of Kid Omega that looks great. Cassara gives us Quire’s face consuming the whole page, but has painful memories from Quentin’s past on the right side of the page. The colors by GURU-eFX are the perfect compliment to the pencils. GURU-eFX The pinks from psionic projections dominate the page and demand your attention. Perfect shading, and dark colors are used when the page calls for it, like on the first few pages detailing all of Quire’s deaths. The art this issue is a spectacle to behold.
X-Force #17 is an enjoyable issue that focused on a character that many fans don’t particularly like. Credit to Benjamin Percy for fleshing out some of the details of Kid Omega. The pencils and colors are great. There isn’t much more you can say about it than that. It’s some of the best artwork in a comic book this week. X-Force continues to surprise readers by offering a heartfelt issue this week.